I asked a Bible study group one time if God always got everything he wanted. They all nodded. He’s omnipotent, after all. He can do anything. I asked if God was ever sad. They all shook their heads. He reigns supreme on his emerald-encircled throne, gazing imperturbably over the sea of glass, clear as crystal. Thunder rumbles and lightning flashes as he commands the angelic host to execute every detail of his every wish. Nothing could ever bother or disturb... Read More
This week I was reading one of my favorite sections of the Bible. It might seem unusual to you, but for me it shows just how real the people of the early Christian church were.
It’s in Acts chapter 12, when “Peter was kept in prison . . .” (verse 5). And by in prison, the writer tells us that Peter was kept between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood at the entrance.
He was going nowhere.... Read More
That sounds easy, right?
Or maybe it just sounds like what we should do, but we know it’s not actually what we really do. We are so easily distracted by work, family, hobbies that we often feel guilty that God has fallen to the bottom of the pile.
But what if we don’t need to change our thinking about our activities? What if we simply change our attitudes about our activities?
So often we think that our time at church... Read More
One minute you’re an expert on the South Korea impeachment scandal.
The next you’re a viral video because your kids crashed your Skype interview with the BBC.
I’m sure you’ve seen the video by now—and laughed. We’ve all been there, haven’t we? I mean, not live on BBC World News discussing the South Korean president being forced out of office, but we’ve all had our kids surprise and embarrass us a little. People across the globe are laughing so much... Read More
I asked the people in my Bible study group once, “Can you know what God is thinking?” “Oh, no,” they all replied. They were all sure that God is inscrutable and remote. His ways and thoughts are far beyond our comprehension, aren’t they? He is aloof and unknowable, distant and mysterious in his perfect heaven.
Hah! Actually, the reverse is true. When you read the Old Testament prophets, God tells you exactly what’s on his divine mind. The 5 major... Read More